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Christopher Peterson, dubbed the "Shotgun Killer" confessed to shooting seven people with a shotgun, from October 30, 1990 to December 18, 1990. Those who witnessed some of the murders described the killer as Caucasian, yet Peterson was convicted to two death sentences because of his confession. Today he recants the confession, saying authorities forced him to say he was the killer.

December 14, 2011 – Albany New York – A local New York State resident, Franny Trokerns was arrested early this morning after being turned in by her babysitter. She works as a dancer at a local strip bar and apparently during a night of heavy drinking she allowed her on-and-off-again boyfriend Derrek Honsteads (a tattoo artist) to tattoo her 9 month old baby.

Tracey Wigginton was the only one of the four co-accused who pleaded guilty to the charge of murder, therefore there was no trial and few details were disclosed to why this incident occurred. On the night of the murder (October 20, 1989) she and two other woman lured a 47 year old man to a park and stabbed him 27 times, nearly severing his head. It was rumors about Wigginton having vampire tendencies and the reason for the murder was to drink his blood. She was sentenced to life in prison.

Ellyzabeth Rainey has been sentenced to 41 years in prison for the horrific 2013 stabbing murder of her mother-in-law. She pleaded guilty in January to second-degree murder of Deborah Rainey, 59, by dousing her with hot water, then stabbing her and pouring bleach into her mouth and nose.

Marshall Applewhite - known among his followers as "Do" (pronounced "doe"), was the leader of the Heaven's Gate religious group. A self-proclaimed prophet and messiah, he died in the group's mass suicide of 1997.

Necrophiliac pastor sentenced in murder of Rebekah Gay Wanting to fulfill his sexual fantasy of making love to a corpse, former Michigan minister and pastor John D. White, 55, was sentenced on April 18 to a minimum of 56 years behind bars for murdering his former fiancée's 24-year-old daughter, Rebekah Gay.

In Texas in 2003 Angela Camacho and her common law husband murdered her 3 year old, 1 year old and 2 month old baby. The children were also decapitated. Camacho claimed they were evil possessed. A relative called police after finding two children in the trash and one in the house. Evidence found that before the last child was decapitated the couple took a break to have sex. An illegal alien, if ever released she would face deportation proceedings.

Hamilton Howard "Albert" Fish (May 19, 1870 – January 16, 1936) was an American serial killer. A child rapist and cannibal, he boasted that he "had children in every state," and at one time put the figure at around 100. However, it is not clear whether he was talking about rapes or cannibalization, less still whether he was telling the truth. He was put on trial for the kidnapping and murder of Grace Budd, and was convicted and executed by electric chair.

Tia Skinner orchestrated the attack on her parents when two young men one of them being her boyfriend, enter her parents home from a window she left open and a ladder outside the house. Her father was stabbed to death, while her mother survived 26 stab wounds. Sentenced to life in prison without parole in July 2013.

In 2008 Kevin Dunlap stabbed and killed a 5 year old boy and his 14 and 17 year old sisters. He then stabbed and raped the mother and believing she was dead started the house on fire. Besides not making sure his victim was dead his other big mistake was committing his crimes while wearing the shirt with the name of his employer on it. Dunlap was sentenced to death.

Robert Bowman, 75, was convicted in 2011 for the 1967 murder of Eileen Adams, 14. He kidnapped her & raped her in his basement for 2 weeks, until his wife found Adams tied up there. He threatened to kill her if she told, then strangled Adams to death. Adam’s was found 6 weeks after her abduction in a frozen field, her body hogtied & a nail driven into the back of her head. His wife reported him to the police in 1981, but it wasn’t until 2008 that they could arrest him because of DNA evidence.

Andrew Kehoe - deadliest mass murder at a U.S. elementary school Bath Township, Michigan, in 1927. A 55-year-old school board treasurer & farmer, financial troubles & defeat in an election – he used explosives at Bath Consolidated School claiming 43 people lives, including 38 children. Killed himself w/ explosion in his truck & killed his wife & blew up his farm - investigators found a wooden sign Kehoe had apparently wired to a fence on his farm that read, "Criminals are made, not born."

Yolanda Saldivar. Convicted in 1995 for the murder of Tejano music singer Selena.

Amber Wright, 16, was found guilty of murder Wednesday for luring Seath Jackson to a home in Summerfield, Fla., in April 2011 with a flurry of text messages suggesting the couple reunite, according to the Associated Press. Once he arrived, however, Wright and four others beat and shot Jackson, broke his legs in a bathtub so he could be stuffed in a sleeping bag. Still alive, he was shot again before his body was burned in a backyard fire pit.

Omaima Nelson is an Egyptian American who was convicted of murdering her husband, Bill Nelson in 1991 just two months after they were married. On Thanksgiving Day 1991, Omaima stabbed Bill with scissors and beat him with a clothes iron. After murdering him, she dismembered his body, and cooked his head and boiled his hands to remove his fingerprints. She confessed to eating Bill's ribs saying they were the sweetest part of him. She was sentenced to 28 years to life in 1993.

Apr. 2013, Angelica Belen's babysitter wasn't available to stay with her daughter (5) and twin sons (4) so that she could go to work. She opted to leave the kids locked safely in a bedroom and left for work. A fire started in the kitchen. The kids had no way to escape. They were found dead behind a dresser.

2008 | 18 yr. old Reginald Davis, charged with raping his 8 day old baby. The police report said the baby had vaginal bleeding. Doctors also found evidence of sexual assault and physical assault from bruises on the child's face and head. Baby has skull fracture. Davis did not live with the 15-year-old mother of the infant. Investigators say Davis was visiting the child's mother when the reported attack occurred. Davis is charged with rape and second degree battery.

In 2001, a then 14-year-old Lionel Tate was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the death of 6-year-old Tiffany Eunick that had occurred two years prior. He was the youngest person the US to ever be given that sentence. In 2003, an appeals court threw out his conviction and was released on parole, but in Sept. 2004, Lionel was found with a knife. The judge extended his probation to 15 years but in May of 2005 he was charged with armed robbery...

Jason Moss and John Wayne Gacy, 1994 Jason Moss, an ambitious college student looking to get a jump start on a career in law enforcement, wrote to several serial killers, primarily John Wayne Gacy, who almost killed Jason. From the 1999 Extra episode: "The fascination (with serial killers) almost cost him his life". Tragically, Jason did take his own life on June 6, 2006.

In 1981 drag queen Carl Stotter, 21, went home with serial killer Dennis Nilsen, got drunk, & slept with him. Stotter awoke to find Nilsen above him, throttling him. Nilsen then took Stotter to the bathroom where he held him beneath bathwater until Nilsen believed Stotter was dead. He kept him around the house (as he did with many victims) until Stotter awoke 3 days later. Nilsen revived him and let him go. Nilsen killed 14 gay men in London.

Wheelersburg, OH – A mother, stepfather and grandmother are in custody, accused of holding four young children prisoner in their southern Ohio home, binding them with ropes and chains, and torturing them both physically and sexually.

'Mom Tried to Kill Us' - A pregnant South Carolina woman locked herself and her three children inside her minivan, then drove it into the surf at Daytona Beach, telling the children that she was, "trying to take them to a better place," said authorities. Police said Ebony Wilkerson, 32, of North Charleston, looked "possessed" as she tried to ward off bystanders who were pulling her screaming children from the semi-submerged van.

Once upon a time—1975, actually, in Cambodia—there was a regime so evil that it created an antisociety where torture was currency and music, books, and love were abolished. This regime ruled for four years and murdered nearly 2 million of its citizens, a quarter of the population. The perversion was so extreme, the acts so savage, that three decades later, the country still finds itself reeling.